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CAPE GIRARDEAU. MISSOURI.
Tbk United States board of general
appraisers decided, on the Slst, that a
trade mark is not a decoration and
must not be considered as such in the
imposition of dnties.
The Teller resolution, declaring' the
bonds of the United States payable in
silver, was defeated in the house of rep
resentatives, on the 31st, by a vote of:
Ayes, 132; nays, 182.
The immigration into the United
States during the last six months of
the calendar year 1807 aggregated 99,
175, a falling off, as compared with the
last half of 1S9G, of about 8,000.
Twelve thousand pounds of meat
were served to 30,000 guests at the
great barbecue given in connection
with the National Stock Growers' con
vention at Denver, Col., on the 27th.
The engineering works throughout
England opened, on the 31st, owing to
the settlement of the great strike.
About 25 per cent, of the men were
employed. The others will be given
State Insurance Commissioner
Cu'nik has declared invalid and insuf
ficient the bonds of all fire and marine
insurance companies doing business in
California and not incorporated under
the laws of that state.
Failures during the week ended Jan
nary 27, as reported by It G. Dun &
Co., were, for the United States, 342.
against 3 il for the corresponding week
ol 1897, and for Canada. 34. against 57
for the same week in 1897.
II ox. John W. Gkioos, late governor
of the stale of New Jersey, who took
the oath of office as attorney-general,
on the 31st, entered upon the duties of
his new oQice on the 1st. Later he at
tended a cabinet meeting.
Since the government removed the
bounty from sugar the once-promising
sorghum industry in Kansas has col
lapsed. A plant at Fort Scott, which
cost 5100,000, was sold to Nebraska
parties recently for $9,000.
Mrs. Mary Holto.v died, on the 30th,
tt "The Meadows," the Baltimore resi
dence of her son, ex-Congressman Hart
Ilenton Holton. Mrs. liolton was in
her eighty-fourth year, aud was a
cousin of the late James K. l'olk.
A well - authenticated report
reached Seattle, Wash., ou the 2Sih,
that the steamer Corona, which left
there January 25, with passengers for
Dyeaand SUaguay, Alaska, had been
lost. All her passengers and crew
President Diaz of Mexico is prepar
ing to make visit to the United States.
His itinerary is not yet completed, but
he will visit, it is understood, all the
principal cities, includiug St. Louis,
Chicago, New York and Washington
and the Pacific coast.
Respecting the negotiations of reci
procity treaties between the United
Stales on one side and Spain and Cuba
and, perhaps, Porto Rico, on the other.
it is officially admitted at the state tie
partineut that such negotiations are
under way. They have not progressed
very far, however.
You.no Thomas A. Edison, Jr., is ex
perimenting with an airship which he
believes will be successful. The ship
is the inveution of Frank Sauther, of
Milwaukee, but Edison hit by accident
upon gas sails, which he thinks is the
only thing required to inaUe the ship
a practical success.
The monthly statement of the pub
lic debt, issued on the 1st, showed that
at the close of business, on the 31st,
the debt, less cash in the treasury,
amounted to $1,011,701.33$. an increase
for the month of S12.589.77I. 11ns in
crease is accounted for by the decrease
in the amount of cash ou hand.
The weekly statement of the New
I'ork city associated banks for the
week ended ou the 29th showed the fol
lowing changes: Surplus reserve, in
crease, S4.334.250; loans, iuciea.se,
$2,35:t,C0O; specie, increase, $2,415,200;
legal tenders, increase, S3.8J1.9JJ; de
posits, increase. S3,011,4J0; circulation,
decreare, 8)2 4,900.
The parliamentary committee ap
pointed to draw up proposals for the
better regulation of the relations be
tween Norway and Sweden concluded
its labors, on the 29th, without reach
ing an agreement. Tho Norwegian
lef lists retused to join in any agree
ment looking to the common control
of foreign affairs of the two countries.
The completion of the Chilkoot Bail
road aud Transportation Co. '3 aerial
railway over the Chilkoot pass to Lake
Lindcrman, marks a new era for Klon
dike travel, as the time between tide-
water aud the headwaters of the Yu
kon river is thus shortened from a
month to one day, besides removing
the perils and hardships of the journey.
The monthly statement of the bu
reau of statistics, issued on the 28th,
showed that the exports of wheat dur
ing the calendar year 1897 aggregated
109,909.328 bushels, a gain of more
than 20,000,000 bushels over lb 90. and
over 44.0J0.000 bushels as compared
with 1895. Wheat flour, however, fell
off over 2,000,000 ban-els as compared
On the evening of the 26th and the
mornibg of the 27th a dozen shocks of
earthquake were experienced at Teh
nantepec, Mex., causing consternation
among the people, who have come to
regard the city as standing over the
seat of a violent seismic disturbance.
Subterranean noises, like the distant
rumbling of artillery, were heard, add
ing to the panic. No one was harmed,
FEBRUARY 1 898.
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THE NEWS IIT BEIEF.
In the senate. 0:1 the -;i!i. the Teller silver
resolution :ml th ' p -nliiiT ;ime:i'l menls there
to oreup.i-il pr.u-tK-ally the entir.; M'ion ,,f
more than mx ii'iur-;. It was agreed to post
pone the time of taizin;.' the vtle i:p.j:i the res
olution until C p. in. of the 2tU Ill the
house the In Han appropriation biil was finally
passeil atul the p.litieal tlehat was transferred
to th-tlistriet or 1'olulnoi.i apiropnatioii bill,
whiih was then taken up.
In the senat . on the 21: h, the Teller concur
rent resolution, in relation to the payment of
Uniteil States b.mds and interest thereon in
silver, was passe-1 by the ihvisie vote of -ii to
a,', all amendments thereto having tirst been
voted down In the house the bill to pay
the book publishing company of the Alethoitist
Kpiscopal 1 Church south $Mt for damages
sustained during the war was passed by a vole
of 15 to 67.
Tuk senate was not in session on the 29td
In the house a bill to permit the building
of a dam across the Mississippi river at Coon
Kapids. at the northern limits of the city of
Minneapolis, was passed. The clerk of the
senate appeared and presented the Teller
resolution, which had passed the senate the
previous nirht. The formication appropria
tion bill was referred, and the house then went
into committee of the whole on the District of
Columbia appropriation bill.
In the senate, on the 31st. the army appro
priation bill, carry-in? fc3.213.4Si2. and the legis
lative, judicial and executive appropriation
bill, carrying $il.tt"H.WO. were passed, after
which a brief executive session was held
Iu Ihe house the Teller resolution, declaring
the bonds of the United States payable in sil
ver, was debated for five hours and rejected:
Ayes, i:K; nays, lei
IS the senate, on the 1st. no business or im
portance was transacted in the open session.
Air. Claris (rep... Wyo.). who voted in favor of
the Teller resolution, as a matter of personal
privilege made a siteeeh defending his vote and
claiming that it iu no way impugned bis repub
licanism. The Hawaiian treaty was considered
in secret session In the house a bill was
passed authorizing the secretary of the treas
ury to purchase a suitable vessel for revenue
cutter service on the Yukon. At I2::tj the
house went into committee of the whole and
resumed consideration of the District of Co
lumbia appropriation bill.
PERSONAL AND GENERAL.
Fifty thousand dollars in gold was
taken from the Hank of England, on
the 28th, for shipment to the United
States. This is not regarded as the
forerunner of further immediate ship
ments. The gold reserve, on the 27th,
reached Sl''.3,070.000, the highest point
in about seven years. The accuuiula
lation is becoming something of a bur
den, and the government is no ionger
encouraging its deposit.
The exports of corn in 1S97, were
unprecedented, amounting to 189.137,
570 bushels, an increase of 57,000,000
over 1890, which itself was a very
heavy export year.
Kino Leopold of Belgium, has pur
chased, for S4O0.O00, the yacht May
flower, built for the late Ogdea Goelct,
of New York.
Gen. 1'akkado. the acting captain
general at Havana, visited the United
States battleship Maine ou the 28th.
He was saluted by the guns of Cabanas
fortress as he went on board. This
was a return of the visit paid to him
by CapL Sigsbce.
Tilt state department has been
warned of a conspiracy to defeat the
purpose of the immigration bill which
is now before congress by a wholesale
traffic in naturalization papers, where
by immigrants who are not able to come
up to the requirements of the law can
secure entry into the couutry.
Pkesident McKinley has decided to
send to Havana a special emissary
whose duty will be the distribution of
the supplies sent there by the Cubau
relief com mi I tee.
Tub evidence adduced by the Ohio
senate investigating committee, on the
2Slh, went very far loshow that money
had been used to iutluence the election
of Senator Haiiua, or that conspiracy
had been entered into to make it ap
Mr. Seveko Mallet-Pisevost, of
New York, a member of the firm of
Curtis. Mallet-Prevost &, Colt, lias been
retaiued by the government of Vene
zuela as juuior counsel before the arbi
tration tribunal to determine the
boundary line between Venezuela and
The feature of the session of the Vir
ginia general assembly, ou the 28th.
was the defeat of tiie bill designed to
make flirting with school girls a mis
demeanor. Tue Russian fleet at Port Arthur is
helpless for want of coal, being unable
to steam even to Vladivostock. It is
said that the Japanese coal firms
which .had contracted to supply the
Russian fleet have defaulted.
On the morning of the 30th the body
of the chairman of the lioinbay plague
committee was found in a lield at Sin-
nar, in the Massick district of the pro
vince, near tue scene of the late riots.
The commissioner had been murdered.
Tiie Ocean Bluff house at Kenne-
bunkport. Me., was completely de
stroyed by fire on the 3Jlh. It was
one of the largest summer hotels there.
and wasowneu by the Kenuebunkport
Seashore Co.; loss, $75,000.
Jcles EuiLE Pean, the eminent
French suvgeou, died in Paris on the
The steamer Warrimoo, which ar
rived at Victoria, 11. C. ou the 30th,
from Australia and Hawaii, brought
18 miners from Australia on their way
to the Klondike.
On the 29th the associated banks of
New York city held 35,609.450 in ex
cess of the requirement of the 25-per-cenU
Eev. Martin Gessxer, pastor of St.
Patrick's church at Elizabeth, N. J.,
is said to have run away aud hid in a
convent to avoid receiving a purse con
taining S2.5O0 iu gold in honor of hia
twenty-fifth anniversary as priest.
On board the steamer Alexandra,
which arrived at New York from Lon
don, on the 31st, was Lieut- Henry
Thomas Walsh, U. S. A., who has been
sent home in thecareof CapL Marshall
ou account of alcoholic mania.
At Hutler, Ind., on the 31st, Andrew
Casebeer. 92 years old, was granted a
divorce from his wife. Mary Jane Case
beer, but a few years younger than
himself, who now lives with a daugh
ter iu Chicago.
The village of Randogne, in the
Swiss canton of Valais, was burned to
the ground 011 the 31st. A woman and
two children perished in the names.
The disaster caused great distress.
The German ship Kaiser, which had
saiicd from Liverpool for Savannah,
returned to port, on the 3'st, with
headgear damaged from collision with
Till-: steamer La liretagne, which f,r
rived at Now York, on the 31st, trom
Frauce, brought S100.0JJ in gold iu
transit to Cuba.
A rich strike of gold has just been
made on the Boyle lease ou the Lucky
Gus property at Hull Hill, Col. The
ore was encountered in the ISO-foot
level and assays S2.UU0 to the ton. The
veiii is a six-inch streak of lloiirine
stained quart and showed free gold it
A. 15. SroKMKit. on the 31st. confessed
to the murder of Mrs. Rathburu and
her daughter at Burlington, la. All
the revolting detuils of the most
atrocious crime that city ever knew
were taken down by the county attor
ney, and subscribed to by the prisoner.
Suit. J. A. Sweet, of Haskell insti
tute, the Indian industrial school at
Lawrence, Kas., has sent his resigna
tion to the head of the department at
Washington. Mr. Sweet resigns his
position to enter into business.
Advices from Australia tell of appall
ing climatic conditions in many sec
tions of the country. The prostrations
from heat are so numerous that the
situation in large cities is simply alarm-
The International Paper Co., of Cor
inth, Saratoga county, X. Y., a combi
nation of all the big linns in the coun
try, tiled articles of incorporation, ou
the 31st. with a capital of 15.000,000.
A car load of trained dogs from New
foundland ou the way to Alaska
reached Vancouver, J!. C. on the 31st.
The dogs will be taken to Skaguay and
used iu hauling miners" outfit in the
The month of January closed with
nearly SI. 000,000 on the right side of
the government ledger. To be exact,
the receipts for the month exceed th
expenditures by S9.M,(i:t3,39.
Roach's shipyard at Chester, Pa.,
concluded a con tract, on the 1st. to
build for the Standard Oil Co. the larg
est tank ship ever constructed iu this
country. The ship will be 304 feet iu
length. 48 feet beam aud 23 feet deep
aud will be built to carry oil in bulk.
Thomas L. Thompson, ex-United
States minister to Brazil, committed
suicide at Santa Rosa, Cai. , on the 1st,
by cutting his throat. Despondency
is supposed to have bc-n the cause.
The steamship Germauia, sailing
from New York for Europe, on the 2d,
took out 900. 00 J ounces of silver.
Germany, uccording to a special dis
patch from Shanghai, has demanded
that Port Arthur aud Ta-Lieu-Wan be
made free ports.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
In the senate, on the 2tl, the agrictil.
tural appropriation bill was read and
the amendments proposed by the com
mittee were agreed to. The greater
part of the day was passetl in secret
session in consideration of the Hawaiian
annexation treaty In the house the
District of Columbia appropriation bill
was further considered and passed,
aud the bill to provide coast defenses
for the country was taken up.
Leer Tayi.oiu the 20-year-old daugh
ter of Walter Taylor, a clerk in the
treasury department in Washington,
jumped from a second-story window.
on the night of the 1st, and, failing to
kill herself, ran. almost nude, through
the streets. It was half an hour be
fore she was found, during which time
her father hud hanged himself. He
was cut down and removed to a hos
pital. Both are likely to recover.
On the 2d, the Prussian minister of
finance. Dr. Miguel, without warning,
issued a decree, to go into effect im
mediately, prohibiting the importation
of every kind of American fresh fruit.
The decree was seut to ail German
ports aud frontier stations, excepting
Bavaria, Saxony aud Wurtcmburg.
The Indian otlice will soon issue ad
vertisements inviting proposals for
erecting 00 miles of barbed-wire fence
along the north line of the Pine Ridge
reservatiou, S. D. The fence is con
sidered necessary to keep out cattle
which might otherwise stray into the
Ar the annual meeting of the stock
holders of the Diamond Match Co., in
Chicago, on the 2 J, the S798.707 lost to
the stockholders of the company
through the failure of the Moore Bros,
in 1890, aud carried as an asset, tvas
erased from the books. The amount
was taken from the surplus account.
Tuk gold production of the Cripple
Creek (Col.) district during the mouth
of January was, in round figures, Sl.
200,000. The dividends declared by 11
mining companies operating there
amounted to SI 44 000, while fully $75,
000 more was cleared up by mines
under private ownership.
A blood-stained coat belonging to
A. D. Storms, who is charged at Bur
lington, la., with murdering Mrs.
Ralhburnand her daughter, was found
on the 2d. There was much feeling
against Storms, but little probability
Wakuants were issued, on the 2d.
for the arrest of 40 San Francisco drug
gists, charged with selling pills under
counterfeit labels which they knew to
MISSOURI STATE NEWS.
lodge Eldriilge Harden.
Judge Eldridge Burden. Lafayette
county's oldest citizen, passed away in
Lexington, at the residence of his sou,
John E. Burden, from paralysis.
He was born in Nicholas county. Ky.. Decem
ber 28, 1MJJ. and had resided in Lexincton sinco
1NU. He was Lexington's tirst mayor: was
president of the tirst late bank for 15 years;
president of the State Horticultural society
for 12 years; was probate jude. and for ebrht
years was a member of the state legislature,
during which time, through his efforts, the old
taw of imprisonment for debt was abolisli.-d.
Secretary of tate' Report.
Secretary of State Lesuer collected
ind paid into the stale treasuiy for
the month of January fees as follows:
Notaries' commissions $ son (U
Tax on oomcstic corporations. 4.s-0 uj
Tax on fore.KU corporations. 4 .- IW
Cuiversiiy eudowm. ut 1.1X ;.M 00
Huurf examination lees .WA uo
K-.v minis! ranroad contracts 1 0 ;i
La id department fees it oj
.Miscellaneous ic-s 4.,o j
StatH Treasurer- Itepur .
State Treasurer Pitts has tilled with
i'-ov. Stephens his report for January,
Halance on hand January 1 5 f,r.i.o.i u
,ec -.pis ilur.u-' January
Disbursements ourin,' .lanuary
iiata.icc ou hand January ji
Kc.vipis irom luuauc asylum .No. 1.
li;eeipls Ironi lunatic asy.um No.
ttccciptstrom iuualic usyiuui No. 3.
Crushed Into a Shapeless Mass.
William Thornton, a miner, was
crushed into a shapeless mass by an im
mense bowlder falling upon him in the
Bonanza mine, at Aurora.
The rock weighed between four and rive tons.
and fell from the loot of the drift and caught
Tborton before he could tret away. It was some
time before the bowlder could be rolled off tue
man's manKled remains. Thornton was -ttl
years old, and leaves a widow and several cuil-
The president, the other day. nouv
muted the following Missouri postmas
John H.Jacobs. Norbjrne: Jeremiah Fenton.
SpriuKlield; Simon Lederer. 1'oplar H.urf: Wil
liam c. Oaslou, Keylesville; J. C. ilrocaw
ti'irnsouviiie; Cuarie, . fuchs, Fayette, aud
josepn is. Lptuu, Uolivar.
Can Use Min.ourl Pine.
In reply to an inquiry by Secretary
Carrol of tue Missouri Trausuussissip-
pi exposition commission, the Omaha
management advises hiiu that the Mis
souri buildings at the exposition miv
be constructed eutirely. Interior aud
exterior, from Missouri pine.
The State's Treasury.
Gov. Stephens found, after a complete
aud lliorougli examiuatioa of the con
dition of the stale treasury, that there
was SI,1G2,3S0.40 iu the treasury iu all
tuuds jusl2 ceuts more than should
have been found there according to tho
books ol the state auditor.
lly Philadelphia Capitalists.
Another big mining deal was con
summated at Jopliu recently, aud an
interest in another rich tract of lead
and zinc land was secured by Phila
delphia capitalists, making the third
big deal they have closed iu the dis
Justice Barclay Resigns.
Chief Justice Shepherd Barclay of
tue Missouri supreme court lias re
signed, aud the governor has appointed
IV. .M. Williams, of Boouville, to the
vacancy on the beuch. Judge Barclay
wm engage in the practice of law iu
Or Interest to Teachers.
State Superintendent John R. Kirk
has announced that he would hold ex
aminations for teachers' stale certifi
cates as follows: Springfield, May 30
and 31; Kansas City, Juue 1 and 2; Mo
berly, Juue 3 aud 4; SL Louis, June 0
Congressman Dockery's Father Married.
Rev. W. E. Dockery. a widely-kuown
minister of the M. E. church, south.
retired, ol Chillicothe, aud father of
Congressman A. M. Dockery, of Gal'
latin, aud Mrs. Julia E. Diminick, of
Chillicothe, were married recently.
tiiven iuety-Xine Years.
Charles Webb, who murdered Maliis
Wade iu St. Louis, on Decoration day,
1695, was given a 99-year sentence on
his plea of guilty. Mailie Wade was a
colored school-teacher aud Webb is a
aiixlure of negro aud Mexican.
- Sausser Will Sustained.
Ihe suit brought a year ago to set
aside the will of William Sausser, of
Hannibal, giving Westminster college
SI 00, 000, was decided by the Hannibal
court of appeals iu favor of Westmin
ster. Wanted Mure Money.
Abraham Epstein, aged 20, a St. Louit
butcher, who was not making money
fast enough, iu his opinion, went tc
bed, pulled the covers over his head,
aud shot himself to death.
Held for Murder.
At the preliminary examination
Michael Alley, of Plattsburg, was held
for murder in the first degree. Alley
struck James Belk, of Grover, recently
with au ax, causing death.
To Jefferson City Society.
Gov. and Mrs. Stephens gave a recep
tion at the Executive Mansion the oth
er night to the two leading society
clubs in Jefferson City, the Imperial
and the Pierian.
Home for the lean.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gilkeson. of SL Louis,
has giveu her beautiful residence in
the city for a home for the dean of
Christ cuurch (Episcopal) cathedral.
Caused Ity a Pin.
Joseph W. Lambert, a young man
well known in SL Louis, swallowed a
pin, which caused appendicitis. U
underwent an operation, but died.
An Indlaua Society.
An Indiana society, with 100 chartet
members, has been organized at SL
Louis, on the same lines as the Ohio,
Virginia and Tennessee societies.
POST OFFICE DEFICIENCY.
Redaction or Mail Deliveries In Larce Cities
Held I'p for the Present Congress Will
Have an Opportunity to Wrestle with
the Deticieucy aud Legislate on the Car-
Washington, Feb. 2. It is officially
announced that the determination
reached by the postal authorities to
defer action looking to a reduction of
the mail deliveries in the large
cities of the east in order to avoid
a deficiency in the appropriation
was in deference to the large number
of protests that had been made by
delegations of representative citizens
and members of congress. This deci
sion will be adhered to for a time, at
least, to ascertain if there is
any intention 011 the Dart of
congress to grant the post
otlice department the SIO-LOJO which
Gen. Gary has estimated will carry the
service through the remainder of the
tiscal year on the present basis. It is
also suggested that congress may take
the matter of limiting the number of de
liveries in the residential sections of
cities into its own hands, and in ex
plicit language indicate just how many
there should be. This course would be
satisfactory to the postal oiiicials,
who, iu the event of protests
anu remonstrances, would Have no
recourse but to carry out the law. The
post ollice appropriation bill, it is ex
pected, will soou be reported to the
house, aud then the question will be
debated and the matter settled.
Cnlted States Warships to Tonch at Cnban
Washington, Feb. 2. Orders have
been given by Secretary Long to have
the big armored cruiser Brooklyn make
a cruise throutrh the West I ndiex. es
pecially among the Windward islands.
SL Thomas and Santa Cruz. The ves
sel is now fitting out at the New York
navy yard, and it was expected that
sue would have sailed before this time,
but certain small repairs were found
necessary at the last moment How
ever, she will be ready for sea in a day
It was at first intended to have the
Brooklyn join the North Atlantic
squadron at Tortugas, in which case
she would have gone directly from
lork to Key West, but thechange
in her orders will make it necessary
ior ner to put in at Newport News,
V a., to take on coal for the longer trip
sue lias before her.
This cruise of the Brooklyn is to be
loiiowed by others in the same direc
tion, as was the case every winter, un
til the interposition of the veto upon
such cruises brought about by the fear
tliat the presence of United States
vessels in the neighborhood of Cuba
might be misunderstood. This fear now
being removed, aud the way being
clear for the resumption of the old
practice as to winter cruises, it is the
intention of the secretary of the navy
to allow some of the smaller gunboats
lo touch at points along the coast of
Cuba, outside of Havana, such as Ma-
tauzas, Santiago and other ports,
where the American flag has not been
seen on a naval vessel for several years.
1 HE PUBLIC DEBT
Statement Showing Condition at Close ot
liusluess January 31.
W ASHINOTON, Feb. 2. The monthly
statement of the public debt, issued
yesterday, shows that at the close of
business Monday, the debL less cash
in the treasury, amounted to $1,011,-
iO),33S. an increase for the mouth of
S12,5S9,7T1. This increase is accounted
for by the decrease in the amount of
cash on hand.
The debt is recapitulated as follows:
Interest-bearing debt I 017,365,810
Vebi on Trtuch interest has ceased
since maturity 1.IW.M0
Debt bearing no interest 3So.nnj.T74
This amount, however, does not in
clude $531,213,933 in certificates and
treasury notes outstanding, which are
offset by an equal amount of cash in
The treasury cash is classified as fol
Silver. 510.616. 100
Uonils. deposits in banks, disbursing
onleers" balances, etc 41.438,193
Against which there are demand lia-
bi 1 i ties 011 tstanding amou n ting to $029,-
326.222. leaving a net cash balance, in
cluding the gold reserve, of S223,871,7So.
INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.
A New Department Proposed to be Estab
Washington, Feb. 2. The house
committee on interstate and foreign
commerce entered into a rather ex
tended discussion of the project for
the creation of a department of indus
try and commerce yesterday. Most of
the members participated iu the inter
change of views and suggestions, and
there seemed to be a general desire for
some measure of this character.
The bill now being considered by the
committee, however, is not satisfactory
n several particulars to some of the
members, and a substitute is likely to
be presented. There is a strong oppo
sition to the erection of such au office
to a position of cabinet rank. Legis
lation, if drafted at ail, judged by
yesterday's proceedings will have in
view making the office of a relatively
lower grade, with perhaps the same
tatus as the department of labor.
A NEGRO LYNCHED.
Swift Justice Meted Out by a West Vir
Bramwell. V. Va., Feb. 1. An un
known negro, who was refused the
privilege of walking through a tunnel
on the iNorloilt & Western railway.
near here, Monday night, shot Harry
Draper, the watchman, killing him in
stant! v. A posse soon formed and cap
tured the negro, placing him in jail.
At midnight 50 men took the prisoner
from the jail and lynched him. after
which his body was riddled with
STORM IN THE EAST.
A Score or Persons Reported to Have Beosi
Orowned from Shipping in Boston Harbor,
While the I)ma:a to Properly in East
ern Massachusetts and Rhode Islaud la
Estimated at Two Million Dollars The
Boston. Feb. 3. A score of persona
were drowned and $2,000,000 loss in
flicted by the storm that swept over
eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Isl
and Monday night and Tuesday morn
ing. Four unidentified bodies lie in the
coroner's office in .Gloucester. Five
more are in Linn, brought over from
Little Nabant, where the schooner
Clias. II. Briggs was wrecked.
Twelve unidentified corpses are re
ported to be at Baker's islaud, in Sa
lem harbor. They, too, must have
manned some of the schooners which
were lost in Gloucester harbor. That
there arc others in the waters of the
bay. seems almost certain. Wreckage
is strewn up and down the coast from.
Cape Ann to Cape Cod. Thirty schoon
ers were wrecked in Massachusetts,
On land the loss by the storm seems
to have been con lined entirely to prop
Twenty-four hours elapsed before
direct telegraphic communication was,
restored between Boston and the rest
of the world. The electric car service
iu this city was restored by noon, but
in most of the smaller towns the trol
ley lines are still crippled.
The cost of the storm in this city is
estimated as follows: Boston Elevated
Railroad Co., S224.000; City of Boston.
75,000; Western Union Telegraph Co.,
S20.000; Postal Telegraph Co.. 810.000;
Long Distance Telephone Co., 85.000;
New England Telephone Co., 310,-
000; Electric Light Co., $4,000; tire
alarm and police signal service. $5,000;
fire losses due to disabled equipment
and defective wires, $100,000; steam
railroads, damage to property and loss
to income, $125,000; loss to shipping
interests about $250,000; loss to Bos
ton's business interests, at least, S003,
000. Total, S1.42S.030.
With clearing weather the fleet of
storm-bound vessels made prepara
tions to leave porL and several got
under way yesterday. The pilot boat
arina reached here yesterday, aftr
an awful experience in the storm, dur
ing which Wm. II. Fairfield was se
Ihe first information from Vineyard
Haven since the storm was received
yesterday. It says that a violent
easterly gale, with a velocity of 55
miles an hour, swept over that section
Monday night aud caused an extremely
hide tide. Tuesday morning the gale
changed to a northwesterly blizzard
with drizzling snow. Telesrraph and
telephone lines were prostrated and
considerable damage done alontr the
water front A fleet of vessels, har
bored at the Vineyard. lay safely at
their anchorage. The tug Ice King,
with a wrecking scow and apparatus.
engaged in raising the barge Pine For
csl, sunk in Quick Shoal, was-obliged
to abandon the scow, and she was left
with two men ou board. The fate of
the men is unkuown.
AMERICAN FRESH FRUITS.
Their Sudden Exclusion from German,
Porta Another Evidence or ticruiauy
CurrieuUliuess to America.
Washington. Feb. 3. The state de
partment has not yet been informed
by Ambassador White of the decree
against the importation of American
fresh fruit, into Germany, aud the
official statement of the matter is
awaited with anxiety at the depart
ment, which desires to know just how
far the German government is willing
to yield to the wishes of the agrarian
party, which insists upon the exclusion
of all American farm products which
enter into competition with the Ger
For two years the state department
has been engaged almost fruitlessly to
secure from the German government
the reversal of a decree like the present
one, but applied to our meat products.
Ihe attitude of the Germans in this
matter is not encouraging, and the an
nouncement of this additional decree
against another great American sta
ple export has tried the patience
of the department sorely, aud there
is no telling how far we may
go toward retaliation if the
conditions justify it. Of course
nothing will be doue in the absence of
full otlicial information from Mr.
White as to the facts in the case, and
it may be that the history of the meat
exclusion negotiations will be repeated
in that there may be a long corre
spondence to permit the German gov
erumeut to demonstrate, if it can, the
great dangers to be looked for in Amer
ican fresh fruits.
But if the facts indicate that there
is as little foundation for tins exclu
sion decree, as was the ca.se with the
meat products, it is said at the state
department that the president proba
bly will avail himself of his statu
tory power to retaliate sharply under
section live of the act of August 30
To the knowledge of the state de
partment no complaint has ever be
fore been made against the character
of American fresh fruit. There wa
some complaint a few years ago from,
Hamburg and Cologne against certain
importations of dried fruits on the
ground that they contained traces of
zinc, taken up from the trays on which
they were dried, but there has never
before been au attack upon the fresh
HEAVY LOSS OF SHEEP.
The Hardest Winter In Nineteen Years a
Cuctknne, Wra, Feb. 3. Thousand
of sheep are reported to have perished
from cold and starvation in western
Wyoming, aud old-timers say that it
is the hardest winter they have seen
for the past 1 years. Carbon county
has 500,000 sheep, and Uock masters
there fear the loss will amount to YH
per cent. Losses among caltlo will
not bs so heavy as owners had been
preparing for several years Ui feed
their stock during- severe weather.